I have a question about the highmem page IO deadlock fix which is in
2.4.2-ac. (the emergency memory thing)
The old create_bounce code used to set PF_MEMALLOC on the task flags and
call wakeup_bdflush(1) in case GFP_BUFFER page allocation failed. That was
broken because flush_dirty_buffers() could try to flush a buffer pointing
to highmem page, which would end up in create_bounce again, but with
Have you tried to make flush_dirty_buffers() only flush buffers pointing
to lowmem pages in case the caller wants it to do so?
This way you can call flush_dirty_buffers() with the guarantee you're
going to free useful (lowmem) memory. This also throttles high mem writes
giving priority to low mem ones.
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